In an age where we're trained to look down at our phones, don't forget to look up. • • •
Fun fact: On Semptember 25th, 1890 @SequoiaNationalPark
became America's second national park and our first designed to protect a living organism, the giant sequoia tree. In 1940, Sequoia National Park was merged with its neighbor - the glacially-formed King's Canyon. The two parks have been jointly administrated ever since. Never heard of King's Canyon? Neither had I until a few weeks ago - hopefully the upcoming pictures will encourage you to put it on the top of your hiking list.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist.
In high school, I spent all of my free time photographing strangers, filling notebooks with stories, recording every detail of every scene I observed. I wanted to remember it all.
I considered being a combat photographer, or a photo journalist for the peace corps.
Like many others, I grew up reading and collecting National Geographic magazines, always left deeply inspired by the diversity and magic nestled within humanities’ various cultures. I wanted to be there, to photograph the people in their most real state, to record their story so the world could see their magnificence, feel the love for them that I felt.
I chose a different route, an easier, safe route. & now my heart is aching, my spirit restless, my love strongest it’s ever been.
I need to write—and travel, and photograph, and share the beauty of the world with my little love.
His heart beats as strong as mine, his love for others comes naturally, without judgement, without question. He loves, he forgives, he is completely open to the secrets of the universe, and he is everything I aspire to be and more.
I wanted to be a photo journalist, so I am taking a baby step in that direction and continuing my blog.
I want to be an adventure portrait photographer, so I am working to point my business in that direction. It will take time, and it’s terrifying, but following your heart is the greatest risk you can ever take.
If I don’t do this, I may lose myself in the chaos of conformity and familiarity.
I may fail—
or I may succeed immensely.
No matter what, I have him. & it is enough.
I’ve gotten a lot of people asking what I’ve been doing and when I’ll be resurfacing on the internet 😂
Since moving to Sydney and submitting my partner visa paperwork, I’ve gotten a full time job as a travel agent, Michael and I have moved into a two bedroom sublet/dog sitting arrangement (which is why we have this little fluff ball all the time 🤩), and I’ve been settling in to this new phase in my life.
My brain has been stuffed full since starting my new job with sooo much info on travel agent things. I’ve learnt an insane amount of information super quickly, which is why I’ve been spending most of my time away from work relaxing, doing yoga, and reading fiction (I can’t fit any more info in my head, so no non-fiction 😂).
I am just now starting to feel comfortable enough to start thinking about writing and making videos again. For those of you who read my website and/or watch my videos - what kind of content do you want to see from me moving forward?
I’ll make things very clear. I’m not here for your permission, satisfaction, or approval. Never have been. I’ll live my life on my terms. The way I always have. No reason to change now. -Yanna Llorente
Let’s take a minute to be honest. When this company first started back in 2015, we were unsure of exactly what we were doing and what we were going to be. But whatever it was we knew that we “needed” followers. So we had the bright idea to let a bot do most of this work for us by following people then unfollowing people, something I think we are all very familiar with, unfortunately. You know those empty comment that get left by a random account “Great shot” or “love this image” hoping that you will go follow their page and boost their numbers. It’s great until you realize that those followers are also bots, so now you have bots following bots resulting in no change. We have decided to ditch all 8000-ish followers to start over. No bots, no open ended comments, just us being us. So head on over to our new page @freelivingsociety
and see what Freeliving Society is all about.